What is Photoshop Action, and How It Works

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What is A Photoshop Action?

Photoshop actions are made up of a series of predefined steps that help you to expedite a design task in Photoshop. It comes in the form of .ATN file format and they can usually be applied with just a few simple clicks without having to manually apply each event.

This sequence of steps can then be reused at any time, which allows you to recreate the end result without having to go through each individual step every time. Hence, this enables you to easily apply stunning effects to your photos without wasting a lot of time.

How to Install Photoshop Actions?

Photoshop actions usually come in the form of a ZIP file format which you need to extract the content. You will find the Photoshop Action .ATN file(s) contained inside there.

There are multiple ways to go about installing folder. Once you are in the Actions folder, copy paste the .ATN file there. (or you can drag and drop the .ATN file )

Method 1:

Browse to your Photoshop folder, look for the Presets folder and then the Actions folder in the subfolders. See below:

Method 2:

In Photoshop, go to the Window menu and open the Actions panel. Click the fly-out menu on the upper right corner of the Actions panel and select Load Actions … Now navigate to the Action(s) file you want to load, select it and click Load.

Now that we have downloaded and installed them, we can now move on to actually using them.

How to Use Photoshop Actions?

Once installed, you can open any image in Photoshop and run the selected action. All you have to do is select the action you want to use, and click the play selection icon to get the desired result.

Before you start to use the action, you have to find and open a photo that you want to create the effect on. Besides that, there are some pointers that you need to take note in order to achieve a successful result. Below is a video shows you exactly how to go about using a Moonstone Photoshop action.

How to Create a Moonstone effect using Photoshop Action

The following video tutorial covers how to set up your Photoshop file as well as in-depth effect customization techniques.

Step 1:  Brush over your photo in a new layer "Brush", created by the action.

Step 2: Play the Action by clicking on the "Play" button below the Actions Panel.

Step 3: Customize the look of your photo and effects using the Layers Panel.

Step 4: Save or Export your finished photo.


Examples of Moonstone Photoshop Plugin

DONE, that's it!  It is that simple. Now practice till you master this technique!

If you have any questions or clarifications, feel free to comment below this page. Stay tuned for the next Photoshop action tutorial. Alternatively, if you find my series of Photoshop Action tutorials interesting, please join my list so that you will be instantly notified once my new tutorial post is up on my blog.

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